Tier 4: Depth Signings
- Maurice Alexander: This section (and most of these signings) are filled with depth guys, starting with Alexander. A former starter of the LA Rams, Alexander has transitioned into a full-time special teams player. He’ll provide valuable snaps toward rebuilding the special teams unit. An added bonus will be his reserve potential at safety, as he has played productively there as a starter in the past.
- Senorise Perry: Nicknamed “Coach Perry” by his previous coaching staff in Miami, Perry is the consummate professional. He understands that his value is on special teams. A great depth/special teams signing with tons of added leadership. This is a “process” guy.
- Honorable Mentions: Jake Fisher and Jon Feliciano
Tier 3: Contributors
- Frank Gore: You can add Frank Gore to that list of “process” guys. In fact, he headlines that group. Gore has always been a hard worker and fantastic leader throughout his career. To put the cherry on top, he’s had productive stops in Indianapolis and Miami late in his career and will be a useful contributor out of the backfield. Don’t get it confused though, his leadership is what makes him invaluable.
- EJ Gaines: Gaines returns to Buffalo after his year hiatus with the Cleveland Browns. He had a down year in Cleveland, but a change of scenery may do him well. Gaines was very solid in his one season in Buffalo, as he was ranked as the 13th best corner back in the league by PFF. A return to secondary coach specialist Sean McDermott could revive his career.
- LaAdrian Waddle: The former New England Patriot swing tackle/backup guard has started 31 games in his career, and has played in 61. His positional flexibility, combined with his experience, makes him invaluable towards the depth of the O-line. Fun Fact: Waddle has only been called for four holding penalties in his entire career.
- Honorable Mentions: Kevin Johnson and Spencer Long
Tier 2: Starters
- Andre Roberts : Low-key one of the best signings the Bills had this off season. Roberts was a First Team All-Pro and Pro-Bowler last season for the New York Jets, and has been a solid return guy throughout his career. Averaging 24.9 yards per kick return, and 9.1 yards per punt return, Roberts will most likely take over returning duties for the foreseeable future.
- Tyler Kroft: Kroft is the biggest flier of the expensive free agent signings. He was productive when Tyler Eifert went down two seasons ago, but spent all of last season injured. Outside of that, Kroft is a question mark. The tight end possesses prototypical size and can assist in both receiving and blocking. His price tag indicates he’ll be plugged in as a starter.
- Ty Nsekhe: Although a career backup, Nsekhe is the ultimate swing tackle. He played excellently the last two seasons when injuries plagued the offensive line of the Washington Redskins. Nsekhe earned a 67.8 grade from PFF last season, and is an established pass-blocker. He seems a lock for one of the positions on the right side of the OL.
Tier 1: Impact Signings
- Mitch Morse: The Bills were wise to throw the bank at Morse, making him the highest paid center in the league. He’s the best pass blocking center in the league, and immediately solidifies what was one of the weakest position groups on the roster. Furthermore, he’ll ideally be able to make the rest of the OL signings gel. Morse has built a strong rapport with a young franchise QB before, and there’s no reason he form a strong relationship with Josh Allen (while giving him WAY more time to scan the field).
- John Brown: All of the impact signings are an attempt at maximizing Allen’s skill set. Brown is no different. He is a career deep threat who has had both productive seasons, and injury riddled seasons. During part of last season with a big-armed Joe Flacco at the helm, Brown thrived. He’ll plug in seamlessly to one of the outside receiver positions, and provide Allen with another deep threat.
- Cole Beasley: Beasley was brought in specifically to aid Allen with utilizing the middle the field more efficiently. Considering the success he had in Dallas with Dak Prescott, there’s no reason he cannot do the same with Josh Allen. He runs slippery routes and will aid the Bills offense in those six-to-ten yard gains the offense so frequently could not muster. A top-ten slot WR in the league, Beasley should help transform the offense into a more complete attack.
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